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Canna from basal cutting

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 14:39

They look great Liquidambar. Bet you're thrilled with your efforts  

We have cold wet soil and too much wind and rain here, so winter's a no no for that type of plant. They'll take a bit of frost, but long term it's not good. I wouldn't risk leaving them out.

I usually grow them in pots, and I could plant out in summer, but then I'd have to lift them all to overwinter. Too much faffing!  Even if they don't flower, they make great foliage plants for contrast, and in a pot, it's easier to move them around when the mood takes you. The leaves get bigger as the pklant gets bigger, so you'll probably see a few changes as the season goes on.

Bog Garden Multch

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 14:34

I use well rotted manure for mine usually, but also bark. For most of those plants it would be ideal. You can also just use a good layer of decent compost.

Bark is quite attractive as a mulch and would also suit those plants well. 

Clematis root shade

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 14:28

The shade thing is definitely a bit of a myth. As long as they're well watered they should be fine. I have planting atthe base of most of mine, simply because they often look better with it. Clem stems can look a bit iffy lower down. Bear in mind that when you plant anything at the foot that there will be more competition for water and nutrients.

What sort of space do you have at the base of them? Hebes will do well, but pick one of the smaller varieties if there isn't a lot of room. Some of the lighter perennials will also be ideal - Polemonium if there isn't full on sun, hardy geraniums, hostas etc.

I have all sorts of things under mine - from primulas and hellebores, to alliums, libertias and phormiums. I also have hackenochloa and various other bits and pieces of bulbs  planted with mine.

Seedling ID

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 14:08

Lovely pot of buttercups KOG.....

Did you creep in with the spade?.....

On the plus side - you have some other nice little seedlings in there!


Posted: 09/06/2017 at 14:05

When you say shallow Maureen - just how shallow? 

Acers benefit from potting on by a little at a time too, so don't rush to put it in big pot if it's in a small one now. I'm guessing the pot it's in is smallish if it's only that height. Only pot it on when the roots are filling the pot, and only move it to one a little bit bigger so that it can get it's roots out gradually to fill the space.

A small plant of any kind needs to be kept a bit sheltered when small anyway, and Acers do prefer some dappled shade. They can take some sun if they're well established and doing ok, but try to keep them in a position that prevents them getting early morning sun as it can be an issue in frosty weather - hopefully that won't be a problem now though, unless you're in the very north of Scotland where there's been frost recently. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 13:59

Aye Hosta - wee Jimmy has a face like a well skelped erse! 

S*d the lot of 'em. That's twice those in power have thought it was all a foregone conclusion when they've called for a public vote in the last couple of years. I'm awaiting the rats all abandoning the sinking ships soon - despite the 'I'm here to guide us through' statements they make. If we didn't laugh, we'd cry, so I'm suggesting we all go for the first option. Is it carefully planned that they're now playing 'Help' by the Beatles on the radio just now.... 

Anyway - at least the rain's gone off here.  Off to check the forecast for the weekend- Saturday's a washout but Sunday might be ok....

Canna from basal cutting

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 08:12

Not sure where you live Mary - but they certainly aren't hardy here! They need winter protection in most of the UK. Do you have a very sheltered garden in the south?  I love them, but I no longer have anywhere to keep them over winter except in the house, which makes it trickier. 

Well done on achieving that result Liquidamber  - they need plenty of rich soil and water once they're outside and growing on , in a pot or in the ground. You'll find you need to pot that on quite soon! They all make quite big plants, and make a great statement in a border or as a specimen plant with other contrasting or toning foliage and flowers. 

Is it worth planting a weak clematis (Perle d'Azur, Group 3)

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 08:06

Don't worry sharmck - clematis are generally pretty tough, especially once they get going properly. It'll come away if it gets the appropriate treatment as suggested already.

Treat yourself to another variety too - but pick a healthier specimen to give yourself an easier time  

Have a look online at some of the specialist growers too, if you don't have a good garden centre/nursery near you. There are so many to choose from - for any site/aspect and time of year. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 08:01
Dovefromabove says:

 Looks like there's been a lot of tactical voting. 

Lets see what happens next ...

Last edited: 09 June 2017 06:43:54

See original post

 I think that's what's happened up here Dove - and, although I don't agree with it, I can understand why it  happens. 

I'm saying nothing else.....

Couldn't agree more re the prescription thing. It might seem like a good idea, but when you can buy things like aspirin/paracetamol etc for buttons in any  supermarket but people are getting them for nothing in a pharmacy - where's the logic in that? I can understand your frustration Debs.  I'm very fortunate that I don't have any condition that means I have to take any medication, but couldn't we, at least, return to the method of having a cap on an annual amount? I know several folk who were in that situation, and it seems a sensible one, with everyone else paying a nominal amount. 

I'm off to think of more optimistic projects  

Have a good day everyone - whatever the weather and the politics 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:56

Fidget - we have free prescriptions up here, and I don't doubt that it will contribute to the piles of waste. It's not acceptable when the NHS is struggling in so many ways. Most people I know feel that even if everyone who is in paid employment paid £1 - surely that helps. I think it was a big vote winner at the time  

Off to do our civic  duty. 

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